World Refugee Day

UN World Refugee Day LogoJune 20 is World Refugee Day, a day the world commemorates the strength, courage, and perseverance of millions of refugees. Held every year, World Refugee Day also marks a key moment for the public to show support for families forced to flee.


As the number of people forced to flee their homes continues to grow, it is the world’s poorest countries that are shouldering much of the responsibility for refugees. Meanwhile, the global response to large-scale movements of people remains inadequate and underfunded, leaving refugees with an uncertain future.

Cate Blanchett calls for action for refugees all over the world


UNHCR Goodwill Ambassador Cate Blanchett calls for action for refugees all over the world

A new deal for refugees

As the number of people forced to flee their homes continues to grow, it is the world’s poorest countries that are shouldering much of the responsibility for refugees. The Global Compact on Refugees will transform the way the world responds to mass displacement and refugee crises, benefiting both refugees and the communities that host them.

What is the Global Compact?
The Global Compact on Refugees sets out clear measures for States and other stakeholders to better share responsibility and cooperate more effectively in the response to large-scale movements of refugees. In a historic decision, the compact was adopted at the United Nations General Assembly in New York in December 2018. The Global Compact has four objectives:

  1. Ease pressures on countries that welcome and host refugees
  2. Build self-reliance of refugees
  3. Expand access to resettlement in third countries and other pathways
  4. Support conditions that enable refugees to voluntarily return to their home countries


The Global Compact seeks to ensure that refugees and the communities hosting them receive the support they need.